World briefs: Israelis think Facebook is most hateful social network and more

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Turkey arrests 44 people, claiming they are tied to Mossad
Turkey arrested 44 people on Dec. 14 for what officials claimed was their involvement with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, reported JTA, citing Turkish media.

They appeared to be largely Turkish citizens. The group includes several private detectives, as well as the director of a private detective firm named Ismail Yetimoglu. No Israelis were arrested.

According to media based in Turkey, those arrested are accused of shadowing Palestinians and pro-Palestinian entities in Turkey.

The news comes at a warming point in relations; the two countries recently exchanged ambassadors for the first time in years. This past spring, Mossad’s collaboration with MIT, the Turkish intelligence service, was touted as key to ending a plot by an Iranian-backed terror cell targeting Israeli tourists in Istanbul.

Survey: Israelis think Facebook is most hateful social network
A survey published by the Israel Internet Association on Dec. 12 said Israelis were more likely to experience hatred, harassment, the exposure of intimate details and violent discourse on Facebook than other social-media outlets, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Aerial view of the Facebook campus in Menlo Park in September 2019. (Wikimedia Commons)

Of those surveyed, 82% of the Israelis exposed to hate speech online said Facebook was where the most instances occurred. Other platforms included WhatsApp at 26%, Instagram at 24%, Twitter at 17%, TikTok at 16%, and YouTube and Telegram at 9%.

About one in five Israelis (22%) said they experienced swearing and abuse on social networks during the past year, while 18% of Israelis testified that they experienced surveillance or harassment over the same time.

To save species, Persian leopard moves to Israel
After arriving from France, 2-year-old Mademoiselle is acclimating to her new home before meeting her planned mate, Coresh, reported JNS.

Staff at the Ramat Gan Safari outside Tel Aviv had asked the public for suggested names for the Persian leopard. She was previously housed in the Beauval Zoo in France’s Loire Valley, according to Ynet news.

The leopards will be placed in the same den to familiarize themselves with each other’s scent. Once the safari crew determines an interest in their possible mating, they will be permanently placed in a den together.

“The couple was not chosen as mates randomly,” said safari zoologist Keren Or, according to the report. “She has been intended for Coresh from birth based on specific information and family ties, and has been trained in both French and English ahead of her arrival.”

The two felines will participate in a project to reproduce the species, with the intent of populating European zoos with 200 leopards and releasing some into the wild.

— Compiled by Andy Gotlieb

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